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Robert Young of “Father Knows Best” Attempts Suicide

January 20, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Robert Young, best known for his caring roles in the popular television series ″Father Knows Best″ and ″Marcus Welby, M.D.,″ attempted suicide at his home a week ago, sheriff’s deputies said Sunday.

The 83-year-old actor ran a hose inside his car from the exhaust pipe Jan. 12, said Sgt. Denise Jezak in Malibu.

Authorities were alerted by a tow truck service that had been called by Young to start his car. When the driver noticed the hose, he refused to start the car and called authorities, Jezak said.

″Mr. Young had been drinking and he admitted that he had tried to end his life,″ Jezak said. Young has had a history of depression and alcoholism.

Young’s 81-year-old wife, Elizabeth, was at home at the time of the incident, Jezak said.

″He did state to her he wanted to end his life,″ Jezak said. ″But she didn’t take him seriously and went to bed.″

The actor voluntarily entered the Thousand Oak’s Charter Hospital, a psychiatric treatment facility, Jezak said. It was not known if Young remained hospitalized Sunday.

Calls to Young’s agent early Sunday went unanswered.

Young’s films include ″The Mortal Storm,″ which co-starred James Stewart. He starred in the family comedy ″Father Knows Best″ from 1954 to 1963, and portrayed a dedicated doctor in ″Marcus Welby, M.D.″ from 1969 to 1976.

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